Welcome to the 2nd edition of Airlines Downunder. This might be taken as a rant towards quad engine jets but it just points out most of the issues with the recent aircraft development. Let’s get into this!
Airbus, a company that revolutionized aircraft technology and leads Europe in the Aerospace sector. The Airbus A380, carried over 170 million passengers since it’s first flight, at the latest airshow in Paris, Airbus announced their A380+. Now please, prepare for a lot and I mean a lot of criticism.
Everything we know:
· Further increasing A380 efficiency and economics
· Maintaining A380 unique comfort level
· New large winglets to provide up to 4 % fuel burn savings
· 13% cost reduction per seat versus current A380
· Up to 80 more seats
Seems like a normal refreshment to their A380 campaign right? Well we already know that the A380 worked a treat on Emirates, 142 firm orders. That makes up almost a half of all the A380s that were ordered. Now let’s look at the A380+. Slightly longer than the normal A380, as stated above less fuel burn too. 4 class configuration, hold up. If a normal A380 costs US$432.6 million, how much will a + cost? 10 million more? So who on the wombat would buy that?! Emirates would not buy then who else would? Let’s cool this down a bit, the + might be slightly larger in size so carrying people would be a good thing on this plane. So this might be able to carry much more people but the fuel burn would still be cautious, what do you expect? 4 massive engines powering the whale. Same as my last post about 777’s, two engines is all you need. As a conclusion, the Airbus A380+ will be another passenger flop like the 747-8i but most likely Airbus will get the all new wing lets attached to normal A380s for a smaller cost, simples!
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Boeing, the father of aviation. The creator, of the best selling aircraft. The creator, of the mighty Jumbo, the mighty old piece of metal (what it is now). The end of the 747 is near and few years back Boeing made the last push, the 747-8i, the plane that was meant to save the 747 but skid off the other way…
Everything we know:
· Capable of holding 410 passengers
· As said by Boeing: Much Quieter
· World’s Fastest Commercial Jet
· 60 more seats
· Outstanding Low Fuel Burn
Personally I don’t have issues with this aircraft, but there are some specs that really bug some people. First off, the A380 took it’s fame, oh gosh why is he blaming the A380 all the time but really, The 747-8i could of been a really great release if it was rolled out earlier. The 747-8i is still however great but… as I said before 4 ENGINES. In anyway that this aircraft is reducing fuel burn, it is still going to burn through a lot of it. The A380 stormed ahead in passenger capacity so the 8i dropped down from potential market hit. The 747-4 was a massive fuel consumer and also a cargo hauler too. Boeing lost all hopes for passenger aircraft but still, a total of 45 Passenger 8is were ordered. Lufthansa carried the most of them. So the passenger hauling skid off, but cargo 8is now run the some of the world’s biggest trade routes!
Ah finally the conclusion…
Two different planes two be honest. Airbus is aiming too high while Boeing aimed high but went over date.
If you want to continue this in the comments feel free to do so! Which one do you think was / is going to be a bigger flop?
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